During this time of acute turmoil, existential death, financial insecurity, fear of the future — with the country’s firmament shuddering underfoot and a canopy of ignorance bearing down from above — the lax, tone-deaf, possibly brain dead Southampton Town Board has made it a priority to consider a proposal to build a pool [“STAR Proposes New Location For Community Aquatic Center,” 27east.com, July 6]. Forget that pools, gyms, stadiums, museums, theaters, malls, playgrounds and even schools may be closed into infinity, and that the word “gathering” has taken on ominous connotations. Pool proponents have come forth proposing to make “children ... by Staff Writer
Did anyone see the Joe Farrell explanation of his 100-plus mask-less partiers with Donald Trump Jr. and his girlfriend, who tested positive for COVID-19 virus [“Donald Trump Jr. Girlfriend Tests Positive For Coronavirus, Attended Farrell Party In Bridgehampton,” 27east.com, July 4]? He’s comparing his party to Montauk partiers. Per Mr. Farrell, as noted in The East Hampton Star: “‘I have the same exposure when I go to the food store or anywhere else,’ he said, noting that Mr. Trump Jr. tested negative for the coronavirus. ‘This was, what, nine or 10 days ago? And her significant other doesn’t have it ... by Staff Writer
(While having lunch at the kitchen counter, my granddaughter told me that she had written a poem, which I am allowed to share with you.) I prowl my confines And go to the edge of the invisible lines That mark my boundaries That I cannot cross. I am like a tiger pacing my cage Growing restless Impatient Reckless. I wait Becoming hungry for the outside world A world in which Everything I know Every place I go Is in lockdown. My world has become A world filled with fear A world trapped with loneliness A world brimming with changes. As ... by Staff Writer
I’m embarrassed to say that I had never heard of Pyrrhus Concer, a Southampton man who should be celebrated as a national treasure but, because he was Black, is little known. I thank you for enlightening me with your excellent article [“A Southampton Legacy Long Left Unremembered,” July 9] I was fascinated by his story: a 5-year-old torn from his family and sold like a farm animal, he became an expert whaler, was the first African American to enter Japan (where there is a statue of him? why isn’t there one here?), later joined the Gold Rush to California, and ... by Staff Writer
I know this much is true: Lake Agawam is a nutrient-afflicted waterbody, and phosphorus released from organic bottom sediments (muck) is a major factor with reoccurring algal blooms. As a repository for street-sweeping stormwater, the buildup of organic material and accelerated eutrophication was inevitable. Lake Agawam has reached the tipping point. Reducing fertilizer use, expanding vegetative buffers and treating stormwater are all positive endeavors — but the driving force, internal phosphorus loading from the muck, has to be mitigated for meaningful water quality and ecological improvements to happen. Dredged, in clear terms. Because of perceived difficulties with permitting, logistics and ... by Staff Writer
As residents of Southampton Village for 25 years, we are so excited to see the idea of building a swimming pool in our village moving forward [“STAR Proposes New Location For Community Aquatic Center,” 27east.com, July 6]. My family has been driving to the YMCA pool in East Hampton since its construction in 1999 and has seen the use of that facility grow to include numerous swim teams, rehabilitation classes, swim lessons, lifeguard qualifying classes, water ballet classes, etc. That facility has become one of East Hampton’s prime community meeting locations. Our son swam on a swim team there and ... by Staff Writer
When the Express News Group changed the format to become more of a regional paper, I didn’t see a column by Phil Keith for a few weeks. Many of us were hoping that he missed the cut when you consolidated — but there he was in the June 2 and June 9 papers … and what did he write about? President Trump, of course, just as he has done for four years. Over and over, we hear why he doesn’t like Trump. Boring! Repetitive! Other columnists do not approve of the president, like Karl Grossman. Karl writes about many subjects, ... by Staff Writer
In the early 1970s, a referendum asked residents whether they wanted a swimming pool or a planetarium in the new Southampton High School. The community chose a planetarium. I learned of this when I moved to Southampton in 1985, and I was surprised to hear of the community’s preference for a planetarium, and some of the reasons a pool was rejected. So, when I was raising my family, we used the Omni pool and would also travel to East Hampton to use the pool at the YMCA. We are in support of a community Aquatic Center — but not what ... by Staff Writer
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